Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Would you leave your Church if they did this?

The United Church of Christ's rule-making body voted overwhelmingly Monday (July 4th) to approve a resolution endorsing same-sex marriage, making it the largest Christian denomination to do so. The resolution calls on member churches to consider wedding policies, quote, "that do not discriminate against couples based on gender," and to consider supporting legislation allowing same sex marriage. The vote is not binding on individual churches, but could cause some congregations to leave. The United Church of Christ, a liberal denomination of 1.3 million that's been traditionally strong in New England, was formed in 1957 and has a tradition of support for gays and lesbians. In the early 1970s, it became the first major Christian church to ordain an openly gay minister.

This is what happens when Moral Relativism infects the church.

Moral relativism is the position that moral propositions do not reflect absolute or universal truths. It not only holds that ethical judgments emerge from social customs and personal preferences, but also that there is no single standard by which to assess an ethical proposition's truth. Many relativists see moral values as applicable only within certain cultural boundaries. Some would even suggest that one person's ethical judgments or acts cannot be judged by another, though most relativists propound a more limited version of the theory.

Some moral relativists — for example, Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) — hold that a personal and subjective moral core lies at the foundation of our moral acts. They believe that public morality is a reflection of social convention, and that only personal, subjective morality is truly authentic.

Moral relativism is not the same as moral pluralism, which acknowledges the co-existence of opposing ideas and practices, but does not require that they be equally valid. Moral relativism, in contrast, contends that opposing moral positions have no truth value, and that there is no preferred standard of reference by which to judge them.


At 5:26 PM, Blogger George M Weinert V said...

Moral Relativism has infested out entre Culture - that is why I began


At 10:17 PM, Anonymous WM said...

The United Church of Christ is an ultra left wing group. I personally take offense to them even having the name Christ in their name, since they obviously do not follow His teachings.

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